The problem with Carnatic in the Bay

What would you like to do this Friday?” my husband asks. As I peruse the listings for concerts, I am amazed to see how many youngsters are performing Indian classical music. This is true not just in India but also in the US. From Boston to San Diego, classical music and dance schools are flourishing. And this isn’t a phenomenon limited just to big cities. Smaller towns such as Dayton, Ohio, or Nashville, Tennessee, have not only teachers but even sabhas that host performances by musicians and dancers visiting from India, as well as by US-based artists. Read the rest of my article in Mint here.

2 thoughts on “The problem with Carnatic in the Bay

  1. Kastoori Ramakrishnan January 12, 2020 — 10:02 am

    I found your article, Problem with Carnatic in the Bay, worth recommending to parents to read it every day first thing in the morning, as they sit to drink coffee, before they pull out their phone.

    I was wondering whether you have weekly blog of list of musical recordings you recommend that parents and students listen to.

    Even if the parents and students understand and accept the tremendous value of listening regularly, THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO BUILD THAT HABIT. Similarly my struggles as a teacher has been on how to help students to develop the HABIT OF PRACTICING SINGING.

    LIFE is a composite all habits; Habits are the sustaining force of LIFE. So, I believe.

    Please let me know if it is OK with you for me to popularize your article.

    I would like to hear from you. 949-633-7279, San Francisco.


    1. Thank you for writing to me and am so glad the article resonated with you. Please do share with others who would be interested to read it. As far as listening regularly to music, I would urge parents and children to not miss concerts by visiting artists (vocal and instrumental) especially if they live outside India. There’s nothing like listening to a live concert.
      At the moment I’m on the road but here are some suggestions for students as they listen to music on their headphones at home or in the car – recordings of old masters who have different presentation styles (Semmangudi, Ariyakudi, MLV, S Kalyanarama, Ramnad Krishnan, TN Krishnan, Chittibabu, Jayanthi Kumaresh and the current crop. It’s always a good idea to listen to both instrumental and vocal music. Also listening to the same song being presented by different musicians in their own distinct styles gives the students ideas for improvisation. For example, Krishna nee begane – KVN, TM Krishna, Ranjani Gayatri. Hope this helps and I will send you a detailed note later.


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